6 June 1918 : Sgt James Lucas

Born in Reddington, Indiana.

James was a farmer from Reddington, Jackson County, Indiana

He enlisted into the US Regular Army at Laredo, Texas on July 17th 1915 and saw service in the Mexican Border campaign prior to the US declaration of war.

View across the Rio Grande at Laredo, Texas (postcard, circa 1909)

James Lucas was sent to join the American Expeditionary Force  in France in September 1917 and served in Lorraine before moving to Picardy following the German 1918 offensives.

A column of American troops marching past British soldiers resting on the side of the road, France, in 1917 or 1918. source: National Library of Scotland, (259) L.602, http://digital.nls.uk/74548742.Sgt James Lucas was killed in action near Vaux sur Somme, June 6th 1918. he was originally buried locally.

Entrance Gate 1923 Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial

Post – war, James’ remains were transferred to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau, Aisne.

6th June 1918

Research by David O'Mara

Sources: wikipedia, Texas World War I Centennial